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The Sacrament

Ti West brings his inimitable brand of smart, slow-burn terror to this story of two journalists visiting a mysterious religious commune.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Ti West
  • Producers Eli Roth, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners
  • With Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones
  • USA 2013
  • 95 mins
  • Sales IM Global

Continuing to prove himself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary horror cinema, Ti West’s (The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) latest nightmare once again showcases his inimitable brand of smart, slow-burn terror. Agreeing to help a friend in the search for his missing sister, two ill-fated Vice magazine journalists travel to a remote commune known as Eden Paradise where they plan an exposé on life in a religious sanctuary. Led by a mysterious figure known affectionately as ‘Father’, the residents initially seem to be in blissful rapture of their surroundings but, as the journalistic duo dig deeper, they begin to realise that the commune is not so idyllic, and underneath the supposed harmony exists a dark and terrifying truth. Notching up the tension with a masterful sense of control, The Sacrament comes laced with a disarming sense of pathos, effectively balancing scares with a biting intelligence.

Michael Blyth

Director biography

Ti West (born 1980, United States) studied film production at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. Acclaimed filmmaker and teacher Kelly Reichardt introduced him to underground horror icon Larry Fessenden who produced West’s first feature film The Roost, which premiered at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival and was sold in a mid-six-figure deal to Showtime and Vitagraph Films. In 2006 West and Fessenden re-teamed to produce the micro-budget thriller Trigger Men, which was acquired by the revered art-house label Kino International. In 2008 he completed The House of the Devil, which was released by Magnolia Pictures and has been hailed by critics as “One of the best horror films of the decade”. His next film, The Innkeepers, was also released by Magnolia Pictures and was one of the best reviewed films of 2012.

West created an original web series for the Independent Film Channel called Dead & Lonely and is currently in post-production on The Sacrament, a horror film he wrote and directed, produced by Eli Roth in collaboration with VICE Media.

Recently, West was invited by The Criterion Collection to provide a video appreciation for the home entertainment release of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House (1977). Other filmmakers who have recorded appreciations for Criterion include Terry Gilliam, Sidney Lumet, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Thomas Anderson.

He was also featured on the cover of the winter 2012 edition of Filmmaker Magazine and as an actor has supporting roles in the upcoming features You're Next, released by Lions Gate Films and Drinking Buddies, released by Magnolia Pictures.

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